By looking at the organizational structure of the Patrons of Husbandry or the Grange, it can be seen that women played a major role in the organization. From day one women were permitted full membership as well as offices in the organization that only women could hold. After looking at the organizational structure, one can see that the organization propelled women to do more than others of the time, as seen through specific examples such as Dora Stockman and others. This was a research paper for the History of Women in the U.S. class that has been reworked to focus more on the impact of the Grange on the women that within the organization, rather than the original purpose of comparison of rural and urban women. Research for this project looked at both primary and secondary sources as well as conducting interviews with a historian and leaders of local Granges and women that have been in the Grange for many years and seeing how it has affected their lives.
Eli Bosler is a senior history major at Kent State Stark. After graduation he plans on attending graduate school in the area of history. When not busy with school work, he can be found at work as a firefighter and EMT intermediate.